Shirreffs: "I Am Really Excited"

Freshman quarterback Bryant Shirreffs talks with Pack Pride about his play this season and Thursday night's game against Clemson.

Freshman quarterback Bryant Shirreffs was not even listed on the depth chart prior to the season opener against Louisiana Tech.

Before the first half ended, he was seeing significant playing time.

The injury to Brandon Mitchell thrust Shirreffs into the lineup. As a part of the quarterback tandem used by head coach Dave Doeren—along with junior signal-caller Pete Thomas—there have been some bumps in the first two games for the native of Jefferson, Georgia but he is excited for the future.

Heading into the Thursday matchup with No.3 Clemson at Carter-Finley Stadium, Shirreffs, who has rushed for 71 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and is a perfect 3-for-3 passing with one TD, spoke with Pack Pride.

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After two games, which you were not expected to play, are you comfortable on the field and with your teammates?
I feel comfortable. I was comfortable (before Mitchell's injury). There is more pressure in practice, because we sit and watch the film over and over again, and you want to have that good practice just so you can get to play in the game.

How did your teammates respond to you when you were put in the position to play?
It was definitely good to see everybody cheering me on. It is really no different; everybody is friends on the team. Everybody treats each other with respect and is friendly.

After the tough win over Richmond, was the team happy to get the week off or were the guys chomping at the bit to play again?
I am glad we got the week off. I think the Richmond game was really good for us. It tested us and show how tough we are as a team. That was huge for our team, just seeing how physical we could play. We just beat ourselves in that game; luckily we did not lose, but we beat ourselves continually—and me with the fumble too. We have got to fix that, protect the ball and have positive plays.

How exciting is it to start ACC play?
I am really excited. I think the whole team is. Actually, I sure the whole team is. You can see everybody out there getting extra work. The atmosphere around here is getting pretty crazy.

How the excitement of a Thursday night game at Carter-Finley Stadium on national television?
I looking forward to it for sure. Night games are really fun, especially on national television. They (Clemson) are a great team. We will just do our game plan and treat it like any other game. We are looking forward to it.


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